Domestic dispute leads to court

TWO revellers caught up in domestic dispute are today considering action against police officers after a brawl outside an Ipswich nightclub.Rowdy couple Terri Pizzey and Garry Edwards admitted several offences in Cardinal Park but claim officers were heavy-handed when arresting them.

TWO revellers caught up in domestic dispute are today considering action against police officers after a brawl outside an Ipswich nightclub.

Rowdy couple Terri Pizzey and Garry Edwards admitted several offences in Cardinal Park but claim officers were heavy-handed when arresting them.

However, two Pcs involved have launched a claim for compensation for injuries suffered in the dispute.

The incident started as a domestic argument but escalated into a violent tussle around 2.30am on December 17.

Officers used CS spray and leg straps on Edwards and allegedly man-handled Pizzey in an attempt to restrain them, a court heard.

This prompted another man, Kevin Smith, to get involved because he believed officers were using "unreasonable force".

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Appearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, Pizzey, 22, of Fraser Road, Ipswich, admitted being drunk and disorderly and assaulting two officers.

Edwards, 33, who lives with Pizzey, pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour, assaulting a police officer and resisting a police officer.

Ian Duckworth, mitigating, said: "Consideration is being given to a formal complaint as to the manner of their arrest. The manner of the restraint causes me some concern."

Officers became involved when the couple were shouting and swearing at each other after a night out.

They noticed Pizzey, a hairdresser, was drunk and told the couple to leave the area, but they continued screaming at one another in nearby Wolsey Street.

When Pc Jane Newman tried to arrest Pizzey, she screamed and lashed out, cutting the officer's face and bruising her knee.

They both fell to the floor so Pc Emma Florey restrained her legs. Edwards then ran towards another officer shouting abusive language.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, said: "The officer said they were in fear for their safety. Edwards pushed the officer with both hands and caused them to fall backwards into the street."

Edwards, who earns £30,000 as a dock worker, was restrained with CS spray and knocked to the ground. Officers then applied leg straps to him.

Smith, a kitchen assistant, then shouted obscenities at officers and was arrested after also being sprayed with CS gas and restrained with leg straps.

The hearing was adjourned until January 19 for pre-sentence reports on Pizzey and Edwards.

Bench chairman Ray Condon said custody was an option. They have been granted conditional bail and must not enter any licensed premises between 7pm and 7am.

Smith, 25, of Stutton Close, Stutton, admitted using threatening or abusive behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress and was given a 12-month conditional discharge.

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